Prospects and challenges

Feb 14, 2017
The evening lights of the conference room at a famous address in Kathmandu appeared to be burning brighter on January 17-18. Even my weak eyesight could detect that, thanks to wonderful ideas coming from what I call members of Chinese and Nepali illuminati.
The free flow of ideas reminded me of a catchy ad about the power of ideas: An idea can change your life.
At the two-day China Nepal Think Tank Conference, wonderful ideas like the One Belt One Road Initiative, technology transfer from China to Nepal, China-India-Nepal Economic and Cultural Corridor, CINEC (China-India-Nepal Economic Cooperation), development of Kerung as an international port connecting Nepal, China and beyond, Chinese investment in Nepal’s infrastructure projects and development of a Buddhist and Hindu circuit connecting China’s Kailash and Mansarovar, Nepal’s Lumbini, India’s Sarnath and Bodhgaya also came to the fore. 
If implemented, these ideas can change the lives of people in Asia, Europe and beyond. A layperson like me cannot simply calculate the benefits accruing from transnational cooperation this big.
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